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Early Years and Childcare in Dorset

Information about early years and childcare including the types of care available.

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30 hours free childcare for 3 and 4 year old children

Find out if you're eligible for 30 hours free childcare

Childcare choices

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Childcare options including nurseries, pre-schools, Childminders and out-of-school clubs.

Search for childcare

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Use the Family Information Directory to search for childcare across Dorset, either near your home or where you work.

Childcare funding

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Funding towards childcare, including free early education for two, three and four year olds and tax credits.

Quality childcare

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Advice on what to look for and questions to ask when choosing childcare.

Working in childcare

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Information for those working in childcare, or those considering finding work in childcare.

Children's Centres

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Support and activities for Dorset families and carers with children under five.

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